Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Interview with Nikki Rae, author of the 'Sunshine' series
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I always really liked telling stories, but it took me a while to realize that I could write them down (and tell them better if I actually wrote them down lol). I was in high school when I started writing and college when I became more serious about writing and getting others to read my work. Once people started reading what I wrote and giving me their feedback, I was hooked.
Who inspired you to become a writer?
There are a lot of teachers and professors that inspire(d) me to be a writer, but I think when it comes down to it, my Nana probably had a lot to do with why I started telling stories in the first place. Anytime I went to her house I was excited because she would always tell me stories and take me to the library and read with me. I also think anyone who wants to read what I write is a huge inspiration, obviously.
What are your favorite books?
I have so many! I love The Tale of The Body Thief by Anne Rice, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and pretty much anything Augusten Burroughs writes. But I have so many favorite books that it would be impossible to list them all.
What book are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading In The Company of Animals by James Serpell, White Space by Ilsa J Bick, and We3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. All very different from each other and all very, very good.
What did you like the most about writing your own book?
How much time do we have?
Off the top of my head: creating my own world and my own characters, creating books that people want to read and that people fall in love with as much as I do, being in control of my creative career and actively doing something to further my art, making connections with readers and those readers sometimes becoming really good friends...it goes on and on. : )
How did you get the idea of writing ‘Sunshine’?
I wrote Sunshine after getting really bad sun poisoning one summer and wondering what it would be like for a person if every time they went into the sun something like that happened. A lot more went into it than that, but that was the initial idea that spawned the entire series.
Which character in ‘Sunshine’ do you like the most? And why?
Oh man. That’s like trying to pick your favorite pet or child. I like them all (even the evil ones) for different reasons. But if I have to pick, I guess I like Sophie’s brother, Jade the most. He’s just the best sibling anyone can ask for and I’ve enjoyed watching him grow in all of the books alongside the main characters.
Each chapter in ‘Sunshine’ begins with another quote. How did you come to these quotes? And which quote is your favorite?
The quotes at the beginning are song lyrics. Music is really important to the stories and the main character, so I thought including quotes from songs that fit the chapters or the mood would add a little extra to the books.
My favorite one from Sunshine is probably the quote in chapter 18: “How long to we have left before it’s midnight and you see that I was never the right size”--The Dresden Dolls.
In ‘Sunshine’ Sophie said she always wanted to fly like Peter Pan. What was your childhood ‘dream/wish’?
I had a lot. I wanted to be a Spice Girl, I wanted to be an archaeologist, a cryptozoologist, a ballerina, a veterinarian...and I think there was a time I wanted to be a vampire...like, most of fourth grade. lol.
In ‘Sunshine’ Myles tells Sophie he has been turned in 1609. If you could time travel, to which year would you like to go and what would you be doing?
Oh wow. I really like time periods like the Victorian era and the 20s, but I don't think I'd want to time travel there unless I was magically transformed into a man as well (whole women's rights thing and all that) But I think I’m going to be boring and want to go back to to the 80s or late 70s. I’d just be listening to a lot of music and wearing a lot of makeup and I’d have a mohawk for sure.
What are your future dreams in writing?
To continue writing books, to continue making connections, and just learning and growing with everything I do.
What would your advice be for beginning writers?
I always say the same thing: If you feel like you need to write, you need to write. Do it and make time for it because it’s important. Find other people who are the same way and share ideas with them. Don’t forget that all writers (and artists in general) are insecure, at least on some level. All of them. You can do it if they can. : )
- Thank you Nikki Rae for taking the time to answer my questions. It was an honor to do my first interview with you.-
Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. She is an independent author and has
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